More than 200 healthcare stakeholders across many business sectors gathered for the annual “Toasting to a Healthy Westchester” wine pairing dinner on September 24th, where Dr. Paul Keckley, keynote speaker, emphasized the importance of decreasing the focus on ideology and increasing the understanding of our healthcare system among all stakeholders – payers, providers, and users. Attendees shared their perspectives on the biggest healthcare challenges their organizations are facing in the coming year.
Paul H. Keckley is Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare policy analyst and widely known industry expert.
He is a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations focused on long-term growth and sustainability strategies.
In addition to The Keckley Report, he authors, a monthly column for Health and Hospital Networks and has published three books and 250 articles. During the period preceding the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he facilitated sessions between White House Office of Health Reform sessions and major health industry trade groups as private sector input was sought in the legislation.
He serves on the board of Tivity Health, as an advisor to Western Governors University and the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, and is a member of the Health Executive Network and Healthcare Financial Management Association .
Paul served as Managing Director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis (2014-2015), Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (2006-2013), executive administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1998-2006), Chief Executive Officer of PhyCor Management Corporation-the IPA Subsidiary of PhyCor Inc. (1994-1998) and Managing Partner of The Keckley Group, a health care research and policy analysis firm (1974-1994). He also served as Independent Chairman of Interdent, a California dental practice management company (1992-1996) and as an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Medicine, Business and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University.
He completed his B.A. at Lipscomb University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, and a fellowship in economic policy at Oxford University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and enjoys golf, jogging, and the search for great coffee.
During his tenure as president and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, Joel Seligman has focused on providing clinical excellence, improving quality and expanding community outreach.
Under his leadership, Northern Westchester opened a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an Interventional Radiology Suite, two operating rooms, a Breast Institute and a Women’s Imaging Center. The hospital also opened a Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center in 2005, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department in 2011 and a parking garage in 2012. In March 2016, Northern Westchester opened a Surgical Suite with six state-of-the-art Operating Rooms and 14 Pre- and Post-Ambulatory Care patient rooms.
Prestigious accolades have followed. Northern Westchester was selected as one of the first five Planetree designated — the highest level of achievement for patient-centered care — hospitals in the country in 2007. In 2010 and again in 2013, the hospital was redesignated as Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital with Distinction. After receiving Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center — the gold standard for nursing — Northern Westchester became the only hospital in the nation to have Magnet designation and Planetree designation with distinction.
Mr. Seligman has served as state delegate of the Regional Policy Board 2 of the American Hospital Association, chair of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association and treasurer of the Board of Governors of the Hospital Association of New York State, a role he currently assumes. He is a former member of the Planetree Board of Directors and is currently on the Advisory Board of Hope’s Door, an organization that seeks to end domestic abuse.
Mr. Seligman was recently selected to the Board of Directors for NonProfit Westchester. He is the 2004 recipient of Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley’s Ellen Wood Health Care Award, the 2005 Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and the 2007 American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year.
Mr. Seligman received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s in business administration and public health from Columbia University.